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Electrical Systems Engineer - Flight Test Vehicle (W87-1)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 690713

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About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

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  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The W87-1 System team is at the forefront of a program to modernize the W87-1, a replacement for the W78 warhead. Plans call for fielding the W87-1 on the Department of Defense's (DoDs) new United States Air Force (USAF) Sentinel missile within the Mk21A Reentry Vehicle (RV), two major USAF acquisition programs in concurrent development with the W87-1.

We are seeking an Electrical Systems Engineer / Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) Electrical Engineer to join the W87-1 Systems team! You will be supporting system-level electrical integration, assembly, and testing for W87-1 Flight Test Vehicles (FTVs) from Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA including environmental Flight Test Units (EFTUs) and Developmental Joint Test Assembly 10s (DJTA10s).

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan and/or support electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, functional testing, acceptance testing, and electrical integration testing.

  • Partner with components, Systems, test teams, and test facilities.

  • Support pre-flight assembly activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base, coordinate receipt of flight test data, process and distribute data to stakeholders.

  • Support data processing of flight test data via the Sandia ground station.

  • Support Air Force discussions, system-level and component requirements, system-level reviews, and ground testing.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Livermore, CA. Some travel will be required for this position (up to 25%).

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM field; OR Master’s degree in stated field, plus (3) years of experience; OR Bachelor's degree in stated field, plus (5) five years of experience.

  • 2 years of experience contributing within a Systems Engineering or Component team on a Modernization, Advanced & Exploratory, Stockpile, or a related/equivalent DoD program.

  • Experience in engineering design, qualification, RF systems, or testing.

  • The ability to obtain a US DoE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated field.

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced and multidisciplinary team environment.

  • Experience working on warhead systems or component requirements, design, qualification, or EMC analysis.

  • Experience with Phase 6.X NSE or DoD 5000 program execution.

  • Familiarity with engineering tools and languages such as PSpice, Cadence/OrCAD, DxDesigner, Altium, MATLAB, Simulink, LabVIEW, C/C++ and Python.

  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to build and present briefings that are clear and compelling.

  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter in an ambiguous environment.

  • Active US DoE Q-level security clearance or DoD TS-level clearance.

About Our Team:

The W87-1 System team is responsible for designing and qualifying the W87-1 warhead and for working with the Sentinel missile System Project Officer (SPO) to integrate the warhead with the missile. The team comprises advanced-degree technical staff with backgrounds in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering. Additionally, the team includes core partners in project management, reliability, quality, nuclear safety, surveillance, engineering sciences, and material sciences. The W87-1 system team collaborates closely with LLNL as Design Agencies for the program. The system team also participates in multiple subgroups supporting the USAF Project Officers Group (POG).

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 690713

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • State ParksM
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